Despite not holding a scholarship offer from Iowa, Christian Suntrup places the Hawkeyes high on his list of college choices. The 2011 quarterback from St. Louis was impressed real early by the school.
"They sent me my first (recruiting) letter," Suntrup said. "I got it as a freshman. I've followed them for a long time.
"I'm not worried about the offer. It's early. I'm patient. I'll just continue to stay in contact and take things as they go."
Suntrup visited Iowa City for the third time when he attended the Hawkeyes' Junior Day this weekend. He also participated in a one-day camp last summer and took in an Orange Bowl practice last month.
"I liked it a lot," Suntrup said of junior day. "There were a lot of recruits I knew because they were from my area. The (Iowa) coaches were great. They're just tremendous. The facilities are great."
Suntrup spent a lot of time with Iowa Coaches Eric Johnson and Ken O'Keefe this past weekend.
"I talked a lot about the combine in San Antonio with Coach Johnson," Suntrup said. "I also got to speak with Coach O'Keefe about the offensive scheme and how they go through film sessions."
Suntrup said he didn't talk with the coaches about a scholarship offer, but he feels comfortable with how he's building a relationship with the Hawkeye staff. He will see Coach Johnson again on Tuesday night.
Johnson will be at Chaminade College Prep, Suntrup's high school, to meet with him and also watch a basketball game. Chaminade plays host to Hazelwood East, who features '10 football commit, Don Shumpert.
Last time we spoke to Suntrup, he said he was told by the Iowa coaches that his scholarship offer might be determined by the quarterbacks taken in the class ahead of him. It caused some confusion on our boards.
Suntrup cleared things up on Monday. The hold up was because the Hawkeyes pushed hard to get Hutson Mason to greyshirt. That would have moved the Georgia QB to the Class of '11 and probably affected Suntrup.
Mason has since committed to Georgia. The Hawkeyes have settled on A.J. Derby as their lone recruit from the '10 group.
"That definitely could help me," Suntrup said. "But again, I'm not in a rush. It's early. I'm still getting to know the program."
Suntrup comes from good bloodlines.